International football season came to a halt after French national team were crowned world cup champions. Club football season is underway with the premier league transfer market coming to an end on August 9th before the new season kicked-off on August 10th.
The 2018/2019 league opener took place at Old Trafford; The Theater of Dreams. Manchester United took over Leicester City at home in a 2-1 win for the Jose Mourinho side. French midfielder Paul Pogba scored from the spot only 3 minutes into the game after Referee Andre Marriner whistled a handball in the box. The long lost defender Luke Shaw came back in the 83rd minute to score United’s second, after a brilliant assist from Juan Mata. Jamie Vardy headed Leicester City’s only goal after hitting David De Gea’s right post.
Day 2, Saturday August 11th, Tottenham Hotspurs were Newcastle’s guests in week 1. A 2-1 win was well secured for the guests thanks to Jan Vertonghen and Dele Alli’s contributions in the 8th and 18th minutes respectively. Joselu netted for Newcastle only 3 minutes after Jan Vertonghen’s goal.
Another guests win was for Chelsea against Huddersfield. French world cup champion N’golo Kante scored the blues’ first goal of the season after Willian’s assist, followed by Jorginho’s first ever goal for Chelsea from the spot late in the first half. Late in the second half Eden Hazard helped Pedro score Chelsea’s third and by that the blues win their first 3 points of the campaign.
Day 3, Sunday August 12th, A phenomenal day for the Reds at Anfield. The Liverpool squad grew stronger after the signings of Nabi Keita, Allison Becker, Fabinho and Shaqiri. The Reds did really never walk alone throughout the 90 minutes against West Ham United. Mohamed Salah’s scoring tally began on the 19th minute of the game. Sadio Mane scored twice in the 45th and 53rd minutes. Daniel Sturridge made well use of a corner only 24 seconds after he was substituted on the field. Andrew Robertson, James Milner and Roberto Firmino provided assists for the first three goals.
Toughest game of the week, it might be, Arsenal vs Manchester City. Raheem Sterling was yellow booked only 4 minutes into the game, also 10 minutes later Benjamin Mendy assisted Sterling for the Citizens’ first goal of the game. 50 minutes later Benjamin Mendy comes back with his second assist to Bernardo Silva to secure a brace for the citizens.
Bournemouth took over Cardiff City at home. Ryan Fraser and Callum Wilson secured the first win for the hosts. Fulham’s first premier league return did not go well against Crystal Palace, thanks to the two goals from Jeffrey Schlupp and Wilfried Zaha. Watford’s Jose Holebas assisted both Roberto Pereyra’s goals against Brighton and Hove Albion. The Wolves’ Ruben Neves had a good game providing one assist and scoring a goal in a 2-2 draw against Everton. Richarlison scored both Everton goals, and the game had Referee Craig Pawson showing a red card for Everton’s Phil Jagielka in the 40th minute. Southampton drew 0-0 against Burnley in a match that barely had any remarkable events but Jack Cork’s yellow card 15 minutes into the game.
Liverpool are currently top of the table based on goal difference tied in points with the first eight places: Chelsea, AFC Bournemouth, Crystal Palace, Watford, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspurs and Manchester City.